Carbon is the new black of waste management and it should be much more central to the local authority decision making and procurement process, according to an industry expert.
Speaking at the RWM exhibition, waste management consultancy AEAs practice manager Adam Read said that local authorities should also make carbon central to their options appraisal process as the public understand that there is a carbon issue and is pushing for waste management services to be more environmentally acceptable.
He said that some local authorities go through the procurement process and they use simple criteria that has always been used in procurement and most people that do procurement are procedural its all controlled. The minute you put something new into that mix it gives them a headache. Decision makers - they do not want to see a report with lots of graphs and lots of numbers about carbon equivalent unless you turn it into lots of numbers for them.
It is difficult for them to comprehend it is very difficult to say, on that, carbon equivalent is worth x and that is your bottom line because it is not.
He said that members of the public understood the debates surrounding climate change and carbon.
They may not understand that waste management and climate change are linked but the whole sway of activity is towards more sustainable solutions.